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Questions about the mitzvah to study Torah, and the nature of Torah study. This tag is not intended to be a general tag about Torah. Almost every question on the site is about Torah in some sense. If your question is about a passage in the Bible, try one of the book tags.

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Recurring dreams

What is the significance of a recurring dream in Judaism? I remember in the story of Yosef...that a dream repeating twice in a night means the matter is at hand to be fulfilled but it it repeats with ...
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Where does it say Torah can be interpreted 600,000 ways?

I read: As Chazal have said, there are six hundred thousand interpretations of every verse of Torah. [Rabbi Shraga Silverstein, Shemirat Lashon I, The Gate of Torah 1:9] Where does Chazal say that?
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Sfarim vs. Stand-alone sources

BSD I was learning with my Chavrusa the other day from a source sheet, and he displayed some surprise when I reached for the Sefer where the particular cited source was referenced. Upon asking why I ...
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Why does the Torah require interpretation? [duplicate]

Forgive me my tendency to question the foundations. I can surely understand the Halachic interpretations and exegesis of the text required to infer practical laws. Without it, we could not probably ...
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Does anyone know of an online source for חידושי רב נחום?

Seeing if anyone knows somewhere online I can get ahold of the sfarim of Nochum Partzovitz on shas.‎ I think they're called חידושי רב נחום Thanks! Edit:‎ Ideally free,‎ but curious either way
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Good quality Shulchan Aruch series, in audio or video?

I want to have an understanding of common Halacha and have an understanding of halacha. Do you know any good source for good quality Shulchan Aruch series, in audio or video?
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Looking for a solid Online Semicha

I would love to get a semicha online. ( I have a job and family) I am looking at it as a mile-stone (a degree I am proud of), not as a source of parnasa . Any program you know which is trustworthy? I ...
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Does one learning individually say the yehi ratzon?

In every Schottenstein Gemara, the front cover comes equipped with two Yehi Ratzon prayers, one before and one after learning. These prayers include phrases that mention learning with a friend/partner....
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Why in Sidra Ki Tavo G-d is intended to curse the source - trees and not the product (oil and wine)

In Sidra Ki Tavo, Book of Deuteronomy 28:39-40. It is mentioned that if the sons of Israel won't obey G-d commands and Mitzvot they will get punishments. כְּרָמִים תִּטַּע, וְעָבָדְתָּ; וְיַיִן לֹא-...
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Who payed for the money that Joseph returned to his brothers?

It is known that at the first time Joseph ask to return the money that his brother paid for the grains to their bags. Joseph was a leader of the Egypt nation. The money he got for the grains belongs ...
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Why didn't Abraham try to persuade Sodom people to repent and regret for their sins?

It is known that Abraham was strong spiritually and physically. He won the war of the four kings. He was afraid of nothing but G-d. It is also known that Abraham tried to ask for mercy and tried to ...
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Did the prophets deal with another divine being?

Hosea 1:7 וְאֶת־בֵּ֤ית יְהוּדָה֙ אֲרַחֵ֔ם וְהֽוֹשַׁעְתִּ֖ים בַּיהוָ֣ה אֱלֹֽהֵיהֶ֑ם וְלֹ֣א אֽוֹשִׁיעֵ֗ם בְּקֶ֤שֶׁת וּבְחֶ֙רֶב֙ וּבְמִלְחָמָ֔ה בְּסוּסִ֖ים וּבְפָרָשִֽׁים׃ But I will accept the House ...
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Resources that bring out interesting scientific/historic/academic related discussions from the daf?

I have a relative that invests a few hours a day learning daf yomi, yet he recently admitted that he does this solely because he believes it's a good thing thing to do but not because he actually ...
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Definiton of Selicha in Tanakh vs. Rabbinic Interpretation

As is par for the course this time of year I'm thinking a lot about the idea of "selicha", coming right off the tails of Yom Kippur and selichot. I'm conflicted about the idea of forgiveness/...
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Is there a Tosofos on Chumash?

I heard from a Rosh yeshiva that there is a commentary from the Tosofos on Chumash that is not widely discussed. Wondering if anyone here is well versed in manuscripts and might be able to comment. ...
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Can learning apocrypha count as Talmud Torah?

According to this post, the apocrypha may be permissible to learn. Would learning it count as Talmud Torah?
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Is there a list of non-Hebrew words and names in the Torah?

Not all words in the Torah are in Hebrew. A famous example is Lavan calling the Gal-Ed "Yigar Sahadutah" which is the Aramaic version of Gal-Ed. Another example is what the gemara says about ...
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Are the Torah's 5 Book divisions (Bereshit, etc.) justified by the Hebrew text?

I wonder if the Hebrew text divides the scroll of Moses as clearly into 5 Books/Sections as modern translations do (by adding titles as if they are 5 books of Moses), or whether, for example, the ...
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Did Ezra abrogate the Mosaic Law in Num. xviii. 21,(according to Yeb. 86b, Ḥul. 131b)?

According to http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/636-abrogation-of-laws The ancient rabbis claimed authority, not only to make new provisions and to establish institutions as a "hedge&...
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Praises about Chok L'Yisroel

I have started learning Chok L'Yisroel and enjoying it thoroughly. I'm just wondering if there are any praises / segulas associated with it?
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At what point is someone considered תורתו אומנתו?

There is a Halachic category called תורתו אומנתו, which means that Torah is your profession. At what point is someone considered to be at this level? Is it a qualitative or quantitative count? How ...
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Where is the rest of Rabbi Shmuel Belkin's manuscript of The Midrash of Philo?

I am currently researching Philo of Alexandria, also known as Philon (פילון) or Yedidyah HaKohen of Alexandria. There is a book that was prepared in manuscript by Rabbi Shmuel (Samuel) Belkin, z”l, ...
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Reciting the parshiyyot of the tefillin on Tish'ah BeAv

Some have the custom to read all four parshiyyot contained in the tefillin while wearing them. (See e.g. Mishnah Berurah 25:16.) It is forbidden to learn Torah on Tish'ah BeAv, but one may recite ...
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Can one make a Siyum During Shiva?

Related to this, this, this and this. During Shiva, a mourner is allowed to study Sefer Iyov. Assuming that learning this one sefer is enough to make a siyum, could a mourner make a siyum during the ...
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Can one study about the Beis Hamikdash on tisha bav?

I know that we cannot study any Torah which makes us happy on tisha bav- which is generally any Torah (source needed). Based on that, is it generally accepted among (ashkenazi) poskim that studying ...
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Creating Free Torah Educational Tool Counting as Ma'aser?

If I have an idea for a Talmud study aid, and I can't find such an aid online, and I pay someone to create it for myself, but I also put it up on the internet for anyone to use, does that count as ...
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Separating Torah study from Hebrew study

I once heard there is a requirement to separate learning Hebrew from the learning of Torah; that there is an assur on doing basic Hebrew learning based on what one wants or has to study in the Torah ...
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Non Jew and Torah Study

"Rabbi Meir would say: ‘From where is it derived that even a non-Jew who engages in Torah study is considered like a High Priest? It is derived from that which is stated: “[You shall therefore ...
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Is it permissible to learn Hilchot Teshuva on Tisha Beav?

The Shulchan Aruch paskens (OC 554) that it is forbidden to learn most parts of Torah on Tisha Beav, except for a few small sections about aveilut. The question is: the Shulchan Aruch doesn't ...
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May one memorize large swaths of Tanach?

It feels like a waste to memorize Keats or Cavafy when I can memorize Torah; however, I learned in yeshiva that one may not memorize psukim. What are the sources for this?
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What is studying “Torah”? [closed]

We are enjoined to study the "Torah". Joshua told Israel: לֹֽא־יָמ֡וּשׁ סֵפֶר֩ הַתּוֹרָ֨ה הַזֶּ֜ה מִפִּ֗יךָ וְהָגִ֤יתָ בּוֹ֙ יוֹמָ֣ם וָלַ֔יְלָה Let not this Book of the Torah cease from ...
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Are you obligated to study the Zohar? [closed]

Are we Jews obligated to study the Zohar in particular, or at we at liberty to ignore it completely? (I mean ignore it as part of one's systematic studies. We obviously never totally ignore it. Our ...
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To whom was the Torah given?

A midrash says: The Torah was given openly, in a public place. For if it were given in Eretz Yisrael, they could say to the nations of the world: You have no portion in it. But it was given openly, ...
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How are we to understand כל עדת בנ״י

Especially in this week’s Parsha, shelach, but also throughout all of tanach, how are we to understand the statement כל עדת בנ״י and other similar statements referring to the Jewish nation as a whole? ...
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Symbolism of Childbirth impurity differences male and female children in Leviticus 12? [duplicate]

I am a gentile asking for Jewish insight regarding the differences in ritual impurity time that comes from child birth (the time is doubled for baby girls). As a Christian, I got ideas from my ...
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Learning l'iluy nishmat a non-Jew

Is it permissible to learn Torah - for example, Mishnayot - l'iluy nishmat a non-Jew?
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Known Autodidact Talmidei Chachumim (Gedolim) [closed]

Most Gedolim are known for their saintly deeds and breadth of Torah knowledge. Most of the Gedolim are known to have to learnt by other Gedolim or other giants in torah. But there are a number of ...
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In regards to taking notes, highlighting, etc. - Is it permissible to write inside the Torah, Siddur and other holy books? [duplicate]

I am studying for Jewish conversion and have many books that I am using. I write inside my commentaries and Jewish guidance books, but I am unsure as to whether or not I can do the same inside my ...
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How should one learn the minchas chinuch

I recently purchased the Sefer and I would like to know how others have gone through it. What are the darchei limud? How can it be approached as a stand-alone Sefer? Any tip?
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Other species in deep space and the Uniqueness of Klal Yisrael

The sheer vastness of space almost mathematically guarantees that there are other species or advanced civilizations in other galaxies or solar systems. How do we reconcile this with the uniqueness of ...
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Interrupting learning to reflect on creation is a cause of mortal guilt. Why is this so bad?

Rambam in Hilchos Yesodei Hatorah 2(2) says But how may one discover the way to love and fear Him? When man will reflect concerning His works, and His great and wonderful creatures, and will ...
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What is the correct translation of Exodus 6:3?

According to BHS, Exodus 6:3 reads: וָאֵרָ֗א אֶל־אַבְרָהָ֛ם אֶל־יִצְחָ֥ק וְאֶֽל־יַעֲקֹ֖ב בְּאֵ֣ל שַׁדָּ֑י וּשְׁמִ֣י יְהוָ֔ה לֹ֥א נוֹדַ֖עְתִּי לָהֶֽם׃ This all almost universally translated as ...
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How to start learning seder taharos

Would like to start learning mishnayos tahoros with kehati and bartenura, probably at a rate of 2 mishnayos a day. However I've never learned the seder formally so don't know where to start. I know ...
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Midah Keneged Midah in the Punishment of an Entire Tzibur [i.e, Covid-19]

I was recently reading a controversial article on The Lakewood Scoop claiming that Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a punishment for the fact that we expelled anti-vaxxers from our Yeshivos and Mosdos ...
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Is studying Torah really better at night than during the day?

In his Sefer Ha-Madda (Book of Knowledge, Talmud Torah 3:13), the Rambam says: Even though it is a mitzvah to study during the day and at night, it is only at night that a person acquires most of ...
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Non-Jews and Torah

According to Mishneh Torah, Kings and Wars chapter 10 paragraph 9: A non-Jew who busied himself with Torah is liable with his life112 From Heaven, because others will see him perform Mitzvohs and ...
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What are the mitzvos that are not forever?

This Shabbos, someone noted that the Sefer Hachinuch says that there are no mitzvos at all in this parsha (Bamidbar). I responded at once, That's absurd. It seems like it contains dozens of mitzvos! ...
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Lack of refinement – sourced examples other than eating in the market

Rav Wolbe in Alei Shur, p 396, speaking about the refinement needed for accepting the Torah quotes the gemoro in Kiddushim 40b that someone who eats in the marketplace is compared to a dog and some ...
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New heavens and new lands in the Zohar

The Zohar [Introduction 4a] states that new interpretations of the Torah rise, are blessed and crowned by God, and create a "new heaven". It then adds that "all the other new interpretations of the ...
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What is one allowed to do during time that one was kavua to learn torah?

Specifically, I was wondering if the mitzvah of kibbud av va'em is docheh setting aside time for learning torah. For example, if one has set aside time for learning torah and a parent asks their child ...

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